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 Tuesday, November 21, 2017
Just posted: Breakthrough Photography X4 Dark Circular Polarizer Filter Review.
 
Looking for a gift for a photographer? It is very likely that this filter would be both a useful and a unique piece of kit for them.
 
The Breakthrough Photography X4 Dark Circular Polarizer Filter is in short supply right now with some sizes in stock at Breakthrough Photography.
 
Adorama is accepting preorders.
Post Date: 11/21/2017 7:52:52 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, November 20, 2017
Image quality test results have been added to the Canon EF 85mm f/1.4L IS USM Lens page.
 
I've been anxiously awaiting these results. Check them out and let us know what you think!
 
Here is an 85mm lens image quality comparison to get you started.
 
I think I might know what you want under the Christmas tree this year. The Canon EF 85mm f/1.4L IS USM Lens is available for preorder at B&H | Amazon | Adorama | WEX
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 11/20/2017 7:44:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Sunday, November 19, 2017
Standard product images, ideal for visually comparing lenses, along with some on-camera images have been added to the Canon EF 85mm f/1.4L IS USM Lens page.
 
Here are some comparisons you might be interested in:
 
Current Canon 85mm Lenses
Canon 85mm f/1.4 between the equivalent Nikon and Sony lenses
Canon 85mm f/1.4 between the Sigma and Tamron options
Canon 85mm f/1.4 between the Zeiss Otus and Milvus
 
Did I miss a comparison you wanted to see? Click on any of the above links and build your own.
 
The Canon EF 85mm f/1.4L IS USM Lens is available for preorder at B&H | Amazon | Adorama | WEX.
 
Of course, if you preordered this lens early, you are probably out using it right now and will already know how this lens sizes up. I expect to have the 85 f/1.4L IS image quality results available tomorrow morning.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 11/19/2017 7:30:42 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, November 14, 2017
 Monday, November 13, 2017
Just posted: Irix 11mm f/4 Firefly Lens Review.
 
If you don't have the very-fun and quite useful 11mm focal length covered, this lens is definitely worth considering. It is a very good value.
 
With a $50 instant savings on the Firefly and a $100 instant rebate on the Blackstone version, this lens is an especially good deal right now.
 
The Irix 11mm f/4 Firefly Lens is in stock at B&H | Amazon | Adorama | WEX.
Post Date: 11/13/2017 7:50:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, November 8, 2017
The Canon EF 85mm f/1.4L IS USM Lens review page has been updated with hands-on information and image quality examples.
 
I recently put nearly 500 shutter actuations behind this highly-desired lens and am sharing what I learned.
 
Coming soon: B&H lists the expected availability date of the Canon EF 85mm f/1.4L IS USM Lens as Nov 17, 2017. Or, viewed another way, in plenty of time for it to become your primary holiday lens.
 
Preorder your 85 f/1.4L IS now at B&H | Amazon | Adorama | WEX.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 11/8/2017 8:25:17 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, November 1, 2017
Image quality results from the Canon EOS 5Ds R, Canon EOS 7D Mark II and Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III have been added to the Irix 11mm f/4 Firefly Lens Review.
 
Important Note: You will see the mid and periphery sharpness of the test chart fluctuate unusually at certain apertures. For example, this lens shows as being peripherally sharper at f/4 than f/4.5. We tested the lens on the ISO 12233 chart a second time to be positive the results were repeatable and ... they were. To frame even a large test chart at 11mm requires a rather short focus distance and I am not seeing this issue in longer focus distance testing (I'll share these results in a full review soon). Overall, I'm really liking this lens.
 
Here are some comparisons that you might be interested in:
 
Irix 11mm f/4 vs. Canon 11-24mm f/4L Lens
Irix 11mm f/4 vs. Sigma 12-24mm f/4 Art Lens
Irix 11mm f/4 vs. Venus Optics Laowa 12mm f/2.8 Lens
 
Note that the Firefly and Blackstone variants of the Irix 11mm f/4 share the same optics. I'll list the full set of differences in the review, but the Firefly is lighter and less expensive while Blackstone is better-built. Both are bargains.
 
These lenses are a great deal at regular price, but through today, there is a $50 instant savings on the Firefly and $100 instant savings on the Blackstone at B&H.
 
The Irix 11mm f/4 Firefly/Blackstone Lens is in stock at B&H | Amazon | Adorama
Post Date: 11/1/2017 8:38:35 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, October 31, 2017
Just posted: Sony FE 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 GM OSS Lens Review.
 
How does Sony's latest telephoto zoom lens perform? That question is now answered.
 
The Sony FE 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 GM OSS Lens is in stock at B&H | Amazon | Adorama | WEX.
Posted to: Sony News
Post Date: 10/31/2017 10:00:46 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, October 30, 2017
Noise test results have been added to the Canon EOS M100 page.
 
With their current top-of-the-line 24 MP APS-C imaging sensor, Canon has been making full use of economies of scale. This sensor is now featured in a large and growing number of DSLR and MILC cameras, ranging from higher-end models down to the bargain-low-cost M100. Are there any differences between models from an image quality perspective? The Canon EOS M100 vs. M5 comparison will shed some light on this answer.
 
The Canon EOS M100 is in stock at B&H | Amazon | Adorama | WEX (preorder).
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 10/30/2017 8:00:56 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, October 27, 2017
I have a Canon EOS M100 in my hands and it is time to set up the camera for use. Following are the 25 steps I took to make an out-of-the-box M100 ready for use.
 
  1. Open the box, find the battery, place it in the charger and plug it in.
  2. While the battery is charging, unpack the other items you want from the box. This is a good time to install the neck strap.
  3. Download and install the Canon Solution Disk software on your computer to get support for the latest camera(s). Canon Digital Photo Pro (DPP), EOS Utility, Photostitch and Lens Registration Utility are the options I manually include in the install.
  4. Insert the battery (after charging completes) and power the camera on.
  5. The date, time and time zone setup screen will show at the first startup. Use the Rear Control dial and Set button to update this information.
  6. Insert a memory card (don't forget to format the card via the tools menu option before taking pictures).
  7. If the lens being used retracts beyond a usable focal length (the EF-M 15-45 for example), unlock and extend the lens.
  8. Set the camera's mode to Av, Tv or M (some modes provide only a small subset of available menu options). Use the middle switch setting (Creative Assist by default) and scroll up to the advanced modes.
  9. Scroll through all of the menu tabs to configure the camera as follows:
  10. Shooting Menu, Tab 1: Image quality: Use top dial to set RAW to "RAW" and Rear Control arrow (press left or right) to set JPEG to "-"
  11. Shooting Menu, Tab 1: Shooting information display: Grid display: 3x3, Histogram: RGB
  12. Shooting Menu, Tab 2: Image review: Off (without a review display being shown and cleared, the viewfinder becomes ready-for-shooting faster)
  13. Shooting Menu, Tab 3: Continuous AF: Off (increases battery life)
  14. Shooting Menu, Tab 4: Lens aberration correction: disable all (I correct lens aberrations during post processing if warranted, though enabling CA correction is usually a good idea and if shooting in JPG mode, consider enabling other options as well.)
  15. Shooting Menu, Tab 5: Auto Lighting Optimizer: Off (again, those shooting in JPG mode might want to explore the results of this option)
  16. Shooting Menu, Tab 6: Picture Style: Neutral with Sharpness = 1 (Note: the low contrast "Neutral" picture style provides a histogram on the back of the camera that most-accurately shows me blown highlights and blocked shadows on the camera LCD. I usually change the Picture Style to "Standard" in DPP after capture. If shooting in JPG mode, selecting "Standard" is probably a better option.)
  17. Shooting Menu, Tab 6: Long exp. noise reduction: Auto
  18. Shooting Menu, Tab 6: High speed NR: Off (or Low) (Noise reduction is destructive to images details - I prefer to add NR sparingly in post. Select "Low" if shooting in JPG format).
  19. Tools Menu, Tab 3: Beep: Off
  20. Tools Menu, Tab 3: Hints & Tips: Off
  21. Tools Menu, Tab 3: Mode icon size/info: Small, no info
  22. Tools Menu, Tab 4: Copyright info: Enter Author's Name: [enter name]
  23. Exit the menu, press the playback button and press the Menu button.
  24. Playback Menu, Tab 1: Transition Effect: Off
  25. Playback Menu, Tab 1: Auto Rotate: Off (always uses full LCD for display)
  26. I make other menu and setting changes based on current shooting scenarios, but this list covers my initial camera setup process.
     
    To copy this configuration would mean that you intend to shoot similar to how I shoot - including shooting in RAW-only format. While my setup works great for me, your best use of this list may be for tweaking your own setup.
     
    If you can't remember your own menu setup parameters, keeping an up-to-date list such as this one is a good idea. Anytime your camera goes in for a service visit, the camera will be returned in a reset-to-factory state (unless you request otherwise). Your list will ensure that you do not miss an important setting when putting the camera back into service.
     
    More Information
     
    Canon EOS M100
     
    The Canon EOS M100 is in stock at B&H | Amazon | Adorama | WEX
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 10/27/2017 7:41:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, October 19, 2017
Really Right Stuff Ground Level Tripod Review.
 
This tripod has generated more emails to us than any other product on the site.
 
The Really Right Stuff Ground Level Tripod is in stock at B&H.
Post Date: 10/19/2017 7:17:14 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, October 18, 2017
Just posted: Tamron 24-70mm f/2.8 VC G2 Lens Review.
 
This lens is most-directly competing against the just-reviewed Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM Art Lens. Read the review to learn how it fared.
 
The Tamron 24-70mm f/2.8 VC G2 Lens is in stock at B&H | Amazon | Adorama.
Post Date: 10/18/2017 7:45:36 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, October 17, 2017
by Sean Setters
 
PhotoPlus 2017 is just around the corner and with Canon releasing several updated lenses since our last publication of the "oldest" list (as well as discontinuing at least one lens outright), the timing seemed right to re-compute the 10 oldest Canon lens list.
 
Lens ModelYear
Introduced
Canon EF 100mm f/2 USM Lens Buy1991
Canon EF 20mm f/2.8 USM Lens Buy1992
Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM Lens Buy1992
Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM Lens Buy1993
Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM Lens Buy1993
Canon EF 28mm f/1.8 USM Lens Buy1995
Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L USM Lens Buy1995
Canon EF 200mm f/2.8L II USM Lens Buy1996
Canon EF 180mm f/3.5L USM Macro Lens Buy1996
Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM Lens Buy1996

 
The oldest Canon lens currently in production is the EF 100mm f/2 USM, sharing a very similar design and feature set with the substantially-more-popular EF 85mm f/1.8 USM (#3 on the list). As we mentioned in our last 10-oldest list published in 2015, updating the design, adding IS (image stabilization) and improving the optics of each – while keeping prices attractive for the consumer market – would catepult the popularity of these lenses which would ultimately find a home in many photographer's kits, from casual hobbyists to professionals alike. And with the recent addition of the Canon EF 85mm f/1.4L IS USM to the lineup, releasing an updated consumer-grade 85mm option seems like an especially reasonable expectation.
 
The 2nd oldest lens, the Canon EF 20mm f/2.8 USM and the 6th oldest, the EF 28mm f/1.8 USM, are not terribly popular. I think many photographers would be happy with replacing both these lenses with a model that falls in between them in focal length and aperture, which also features IS. For instance, maybe an EF 24mm f/2 IS USM? Then again, Canon already has several 24mm options, so they may not be so keen on adding another one to their lens lineup.
 
The Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM ranks 4th and is really starting to show its age, especially in regards to wide-open image quality. If Canon updated their 50mm f/1.4 lens, with improved image quality and IS, the lens would likely fly off the retail shelves. Considering the 50mm focal length's popularity, combined with the current EF 50mm f/1.4's performance, I think this is a great opportunity for Canon to keep its customer base devoted to the brand.
 
The EF 400mm f/5.6L USM ranks 5th on the list, and while its design and lack of IS are certainly indications of its age, it still holds up very well from an image quality perspective. That said, introducing a fully weather sealed update, with IS and possibly a more compact design – keeping the price well below the EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM – would make the lens especially attractive for those interested in sports and wildlife photography.
 
The Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L USM comes in at #7, and it still holds up fairly well from design and image quality perspectives. However, even though its substantially less than its IS counterpart (now in its second iteration), its never been nearly as popular. That's because IS is extremely beneficial in telephoto lenses, making the higher cost of the IS version of the lens that much more easy to bear for most photographers. In this lens' case, adding IS isn't an option (that's already been done), so the question becomes – Would the lens sell enough copies to justify developing another one with updated optics and a slightly different design? Possibly, but I'm not convinced.
 
When it comes to the 8th and 9th lenses on our list, the Canon EF 200mm f/2.8L II USM and EF 180mm f/3.5L USM Macro, respectively, I am not sure there is enough demand to justify expecting an update for either of these lenses, although adding IS to both would make them much more attractive to some. What is certain is that the 180L Macro has significant room for improvement, as it can't match its 100mm little brother's image quality, it doesn't include the coveted IS feature, it is not weather sealed and its AF speed leaves a lot to be desired.
 
At the #10 spot we find the Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM, a favorite of portrait photographers since its introduction. While Sigma certainly designed the 135mm f/1.8 DG HSM Art lens to compete strongly with the Canon 135L, by not including stabilization, they left the door wide open for Canon to take back the must-have-135mm-lens crown. Update the optics, add IS and weather sealing and this lens will immediately hit the "best seller" list with its perfect-for-portraiture specs.
 
What do you think?
 
What do you think will happen to the lenses on this list? Are there desirable feature updates that I didn't mention? Let us know in the comments!
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 10/17/2017 1:10:48 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, October 11, 2017
Image quality results from the Sony a7R II have been added to the Sony FE 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 GM OSS Lens page.
 
This looks like an outstanding lens.
 
Here is a Sony vs. Canon 100-400mm image quality comparison.
 
The Sony vs. Sigma 100-400mm comparison is another interesting one.
 
The Sony FE 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 GM OSS Lens is in stock at B&H | Amazon | Adorama | WEX.
Posted to: Sony News
Post Date: 10/11/2017 7:39:49 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, October 10, 2017
Just posted: Really Right Stuff Lever-Release Clamp Review.
 
Really Right Stuff Lever-Release Clamps are one of my most-used accessories. In fact, I'm not sure any other accessory surpasses my use of this one.
 
The Really Right Stuff Lever-Release Clamp is available at B&H.
Post Date: 10/10/2017 9:43:55 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
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